Thoughts on fitness, health, good nutrition ... and running.

Welcome to Bald Man Running, a blog launched by Frank Murphy on January 1, 2015.

In March, 2013 I was selected as a contestant for the sixth season of Fort Wayne's Smallest Winner. Through this amazing program, I learned about good nutrition, sound exercise and accountability. By October, I would lose over 88 pounds (almost 37% of my original weight)! One of the many things I acquired through FWSW was a love for running. You can retrace my weight loss journey and discover how I became a runner by reading those entries labeled "fwsw" ...

Note: Many of the blog entries on this website predate 1/1/2015. Prior to launching BMR, I had written articles for various projects, and I have imported many of them into this blog (labeled "retro").

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Two things today ...

1) EJ had us run a "sled relay" ... which involved pushing a weighted sled back and forth across patio carpet. It's hard. It's even harder when Rick jumps on the sled for a ride. He kind of reminded me of either a mermaid nailed to the prow of a Viking ship or Jack on the Titanic ... either way, there's something glorious about a bald man with big smile.

2) I'm going to stop calling myself a "contestant" (don't get me wrong ... I'm not quitting). From now on, I'm "pre-alumni." My mentor and the other alums have been so cool and helpful. They're working hard and showing us how it can be done. The encouragement means something different coming from them. While I sincerely appreciate encouragement from CeCe, Mari, etc., I can't fathom any of them weighing over 240 pounds. For all their awesomeness, it's harder to identify with them. When Amber says "you can do it" I struggle not to be a little skeptical. When my mentor says I can do it, I know I can do it.

Before I started this program, I wasn't sure if I would last a week. Over half way in, I'm now motivated even more to finish. I want to be alumni too, and I'm going to work my butt off (literally) to get there. After doing the group public workout yesterday, I had a small taste of what it meant to be a mini-mentor (which is cool for a guy that looks like Dr. Evil). So, to help me focus on that goal, I'm going to start calling myself "pre-alumni." Watch out season seven ... Frank the Tank isn't going anywhere!

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